Monday, August 19, 2013

Seriously Sharp!

This year will mark my 20th year of teaching, and in that time I’ve never met a pencil sharpener I’ve liked.  In fact, I’ve had terrible luck with sharpeners.  They jam, sharpen crooked, eat pencils, and make way too much noise.  I’ve been on a mission to find one that really  works.

In fact, I’ve been admiring the Classroom Friendly Supplies pencil sharpener on all the teacher blogs lately.  I read wonderful things about this sharpener, and I hoped it could live up to the hype.  So when the new sharpener arrived on my doorstep, I couldn’t wait to put it to the test!

Getting Ready
Set-up was quick.  First I found a location for the sharpener.  Then I clamped it down and tightened it.  The sharpener also works well without securing the clamp; simply apply pressure to the top while sharpening.

Operating the Sharpener
Using the sharpener was super easy.  I simply pinched the two black levers together, slid the pencil in place, and turned the handle.

When the pencil point is sharp, the sharpener stops feeding the pencil into the blades.  Therefore, you can't over sharpen or grind down the pencil.

I love this feature!  My students will stand at the sharpener forever sharpening a brand new pencil down to an itty bitty nub.  This sharpener prevents that.  :)

The Test
I tried it out on the traditional pencils and it worked perfectly.  The pencils sharpened quickly (and quietly).  Take a look at those points. Sharp.  Seriously  sharp!

The Challenge
Quality pencils sharpened easily in this device, but I bet you are wondering how it will do on those cheap foil and plastic wrapped pencils that students often use.  So I put it to the test, and it passed with flying colors.

The Report Card
The Classroom Friendly Sharpener gets straight A's from me.  If you're in search of a sharpener that really  works, check out Classroom Friendly Supplies.  This is the only pencil sharpener I have ever loved!


  1. Will have to look for that one. I get so frustrated at how easily most pencil sharpeners break down-even if I'm the only one allowed to use it! :) Thanks for the review.


  2. I agree with the grade you gave this sharpener. I started using mine today and really love it! This really should be in every classroom. I think I will demonstrate how wonderful they are for my principal and see what he thinks. :)

    1. I've heard that some Parent-Teacher Organizations have actually purchased them for every classroom in their building. What a blessing that would be!